Jamhuri Day

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Republic Day
U.S. Service Members Celebrate Kenya's Jamhuri Day.jpg
Official nameJamhuri Day
Observed by Kenya
SignificanceCelebrates the founding of the Republic of Kenya
CelebrationsParades, Festivals
Date12 December
Related toIndependence of Kenya

Jamhuri Day (Republic Day) is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year.[1] Jamhuri is the Swahili word for "republic" and the holiday is meant to officially mark the date when Kenya became an autonomous republic on 12th December 1963. The country became a republic after gaining full self-governance from the United Kingdom, after gaining independence on 1st June 1963. Jamhuri Day is regarded as Kenya's most important day, marked by numerous festivities which celebrate the country's cultural heritage and looks back at her journey to independence and self-governance.

Trooping of the Colour[edit]

The Trooping of the Colour of the Kenya Defence Forces takes place every Jamhuri Day. The ceremony begins at 11:30 after the President of Kenya, takes the national salute, and inspects the parade. The band plays a slow march followed with a quick march the lone drummer then breaks away to take his position beside number one guard to play the drummers call, signalling the officers of No.1 Guard to take positions to receive the colour. The escort for the colour then marches off to collect the colour as the massed KDF band plays the chosen Kenyan tune. After the hand over and as the Escort presents arms the first verse of the Kenya national anthem is played, then the escort to the colour marches off in a slow march to the tune of the British grenadier guards. The first tune normally played during the march is always 'By land and sea'.[2][3]

List of units Trooping the Colour[edit]

Year Colour Salute taken by Remarks
2000 Kenya Navy President Daniel arap Moi
2009 Kenya Navy President Mwai Kibaki
2013 President Uhuru Kenyatta Celebrated the golden jubilee of the Republic of Kenya. It was attended by dignitaries such as Paul Kagame, John Mahama and Yoweri Museveni.[4]
2014 9th Kenya Rifles Battalion President Uhuru Kenyatta [5]
2015 15th Kenya Rifles Battalion President Uhuru Kenyatta [6]
2016 Kenya Navy President Uhuru Kenyatta [7] The guest of honor was Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados.[8]
2017 Moi Air Base, Kenya Air Force President Uhuru Kenyatta [9]
2018 17th Kenya Rifles Battalion President Uhuru Kenyatta Celebrated the 55th anniversary of the Republic of Kenya. The 17th Kenya Rifles received it's colors on the same day and were re-located to their new base in Modika, Garissa County.
2019 Laikipia Air Base, Kenya Air Force President Uhuru Kenyatta Second time since the base's establishment in 1974.[10]

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